Friars Goalie Jon Gilles Hockey East First Team All-Star

PC news release…

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Thursday, March 19 the Hockey East Association announced its 2014-15 All-Star teams at its annual awards banquet and Providence College junior goaltender Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was selected as a Hockey East First Team All-Star. Senior forward Ross Mauermann (Janesville, Wis.) was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star.  

Gillies, who also was selected to the Hockey East First Team in 2012-13, becomes just the fifth goaltender in Hockey East history to earn multiple First Team honors, joining Maine’s Scott King (1988 & 1990), Maine’s Blair Allison (1995-96), New Hampshire’s Ty Conklin (2000-01) and Boston University’s John Curry (2006-07). He is the second Friar to earn multiple First Team Hockey East honors, joining Mike Boback ’92, who earned First Team honors in 1990 and 1992.  

Gillies has posted a 20-13-2 record (12-8-1 Hockey East) this season to go along with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage, both of which rank seventh in the nation. In Hockey East regular-season games, Gillies posted the sixth-best goals-against average (1.74) and the fifth-best save percentage (.939) in league history. He has posted four shutouts this season, including a 43-save effort in Providence’s 1-0 win against Boston College (Nov. 29).

Gillies has earned two Hockey East Defensive Player of the Month awards and three Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. In 35 starts, he has allowed two or fewer goals 27 times, including each of his last 11 starts.

Gillies is Providence’s all-time leader in shutouts (13) and career goals-against average (2.06). He owns three of the top-four lowest single-season goals-against averages in Friar history (2.08, 2.16 and 1.95).  This season Gillies moved into second place in career wins at Providence College (56). He ranks second at Providence in career saves (2,874) and fourth in goaltender appearances (104).

In 12 career playoff games, Gillies has a 1.89 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. In the opening round of last season’s NCAA Tournament, he made 37 saves to lead Providence to a 4-0 win over Quinnipiac, which was the first NCAA Tournament win by the Friars since 1991.  

Mauermann has played in all of Providence’s 37 games this season, posting 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. In 22 Hockey East games, he scored 10 goals and added eight assists for 18 points. With a goal against Connecticut on Feb. 7, Mauermann reached the 100-point mark for his career and ranks 37th on Providence’s all-time scoring list (52-57-109). He was the first Friar to hit the 100-point plateau since 2008.

Mauermann has played in every game of his Friar career (152), establishing the program record for games played and consecutive games played. He has scored at least 24 points in each of his four seasons, becoming the first Friar to notch at least 24 points in four seasons since Peter Fregoe ’03 and Jon DiSalvatore ’03 (1999-03).

On Wednesday, March 18, the Hockey East Association announced that Gillies was also named the league’s Stop It Goaltending Champion, while junior forward Noel Acciari (Johnston, R.I.) was named the league’s Gladiator Best Defensive Forward of the Year.